Fireside Chats

Celebrating the Apple Community

Johann Garces, Facebook

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? I’m an iOS developer at Facebook working on Messenger where I focus on making video calling more fun. Previously, I found myself doing iOS work after landing a job at the national roadside assistance...

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Robin Kunde, IT Consultant

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? I’m currently Principal Consultant at an IT Consulting company, with a focus on iOS development. My day to day responsibilities are pretty broad, but mainly involve architecting and developing apps,...

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Amandine Coget, Independent Programmer

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? I’m a self-employed videogame programmer, currently focusing on iOS porting. I studied programming by way of vocational degrees, known as DUT and Licence Pro in French terminology. It was basically 2+1...

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Marco Arment, App Developer & Podcaster

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? I’m an app developer and podcaster.   The great thing about both of these careers is that there aren’t huge barriers to entry for either of them. They don’t require specific academic degrees or...

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Michele Titolo, Capital One

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? I'm a Lead Software Engineer at Capital One. I've worked on both the flagship Capital One app and backend services that support it. My last big project was combining the experiences of the iPhone and the...

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John Siracusa

You're a fan of Apple and Apple's products. Tell us about how that started. In 1984, my parents were somehow convinced (by my uncle and grandfather, not me) to buy the original Macintosh. I was 9 years old at the time, and this was the first computer our family had...

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Oliver Graysen, CircleCI

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? Today I work as a Support Engineer at CircleCI, and before that, I worked at Realm also as a Support Engineer. I originally started out as an iOS developer, around 4 years ago, but over time I decided...

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Myke Hurley, Relay.fm

You're a fan of Apple and Apple's products. Tell us about how that started. It all started with the iPod Mini! I wanted a good MP3 player and liked the look of the iPod Mini. They were vibrant and exciting. I became immediately enamoured by how fun and easy it was to...

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Red Davis, Independent iOS & Mac Developer

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? I’m a freelance iOS and macOS developer.   For me, it all started almost 10 years ago during the Web 2.0 era. It was all about aggregation, social, stupid company names and crazy high valuations. I guess...

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Ish Shabazz, Illuminated Bits

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? I have two professional roles. By day I’m a Network Engineer, and at ever other moment I’m an Indie App Developer.  I have a CS degree, but most of what I’ve learned has been self taught. What was the...

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Mohammad Azam, The Iron Yard

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? Currently, I am a full time instructor at The Iron Yard where I teach Full Stack Web Development. I also thought 3 semesters of iOS development prior of teaching Full Stack Web Development. Before...

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Jaimee Newberry, Picture This Clothing

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? Co-Founder/CEO of Picture This Clothing It's been a long, interesting road. 😉 I made the decision in 2013 to re-design my life using the same methods/thinking I used to design digital products for more...

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